Daily Challenge Friday Oct. 28, 2011
Give your ankles a stretch by pointing and flexing your feet 5 times.
How to do it
Sit toward the front edge of a sturdy chair, with your legs stretched out straight in front of you and your heels on the floor. Tip your toes up toward you, bending at the ankles. Hold for 10 seconds. Then point your toes away, holding for the same amount of time. Repeat four more times. You should feel this stretch in your ankles and lower legs, but don't overdo it; this stretch should not cause any pain.
Why it matters
Stretching improves the flexibility of your muscles and joints. When you practice ankle-stretching exercises, you gain greater flexibility and range of motion in your ankles. This is important for walking, running, jumping, squatting, and other everyday types of physical activity.
Your ankles and feet have 84 bones and more than 60 joints.